When the cheers and jeers have died down, Ateneo libero Jamie Lavitoria could only utter a single word after her 1st taste of Blue vs Green action.
It took Lavitoria, a California native, seconds to compose her thoughts about how the Lady Eagles were shackled by the La Salle squad before a massive crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday night.
“It is my first time to be at an Ateneo-La Salle with a big crowd,” said the setter-turned-libero. “I shouldn’t have let it get to me, but it’s a learning experience not just only for me but the whole team.”
With Ateneo struggling to control the first ball, Lavitoria started to feel the pressure in her hands as the belles off Taft aimed for heavy service all throughout the game.
“Towards the end of the 1st set, I felt the pressure, especially in service receive. The service is super heavy and long ball, super strong serves,” she shared.
True enough, the Lady Eagles shot themselves in the foot after allowing La Salle to gain 13 points off service aces, with setter Kim Fajardo alone getting 7.
As their weaknesses on floor defense was exposed, Lavitoria looked at the brighter side of things after absorbing their 1st loss in her UAAP career.
“We have a lot of things to work on, basically everything but today is a learning experience for us, now. We know we have to work on in training, we just have to work harder everyday.” — By Jason Mercene